Daily Archives: December 19, 2015

As Mother Teresa is made a saint, what does it take to be approved?

As Mother Teresa is made a saint, what does it take to be approved?


great compositions/performances: Mozart – Symphony No. 38 in D, K. 504 [complete] (Prague)

Mozart – Symphony No. 38 in D, K. 504 [complete] (Prague)

great compositions/performances: Krystian Zimerman – Beethoven – Piano Concerto No 2, Op 19

Krystian Zimerman – Beethoven – Piano Concerto No 2, Op 19

today’s holidady: Saturnalia


This Ancient Roman Winter Solstice festival began on December 17 and lasted for seven days. It was held in honor of Saturn, the father of the gods, and was characterized by the suspension of discipline and reversal of the usual order. Grudges and quarrels were forgotten; businesses, courts, and schools closed down; and masquerading or change of dress between the sexes often occurred. The festivities were characterized by various kinds of excesses—giving rise to the modern use of the term “saturnalian,” meaning “a period of unrestrained license and revelry.” More… Discuss

Saint of the Day for Saturday, December 19th, 2015: St. Nemesius

Image of St. Nemesius

St. Nemesius

Martyr of Egypt. He was burned alive in Alexandria, Egypt, during the persecutions under Emperor Trajanus Decius. Nemesius was arrested and scourged and then burned to death. Like Christ, he was … continue reading

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Quotation: Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen. Jerome K. Jerome

Idleness, like kisses, to be sweet must be stolen.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) Discuss

today’s birthday: Édith Piaf (1915)

Édith Piaf (1915)

Encouraged by her father, a circus acrobat, Édith Giovanna Gassion began singing in the streets of Paris at age 15. She was eventually discovered by a cabaret owner who gave her her first nightclub job, taught her the basics of stage presence, and suggested she change her name to Piaf, Parisian slang for “sparrow.” As her popularity grew, she began performing in clubs across Europe and the Americas and appeared in several films. How did she allegedly aid French prisoners of war during WWII? More… Discuss

Edith Piaf – Non, Je ne regrette rien

this day in the yesteryear: Original FIFA World Cup Trophy Is Stolen (1983)

Original FIFA World Cup Trophy Is Stolen (1983)

The World Cup has been held every fourth year since 1930, except during WWII. The international soccer tournament’s original prize was officially renamed the Jules Rimet Trophy in 1946 in honor of the former Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) president, who stipulated that the first team to win the World Cup three times could keep the trophy in perpetuity. Brazil earned this right in 1970, but, in 1983, the trophy was stolen while on display there. Was it ever recovered? More… Discuss

Alice in Wonderland Syndrome

Alice in Wonderland Syndrome

Micropsia, also named Alice in Wonderland Syndrome after Lewis Carroll’s fictional children’s book, is a disorienting visual disorder in which humans, animals, and inanimate objects are perceived as significantly smaller than they actually are. The condition affects the brain’s interpretation of signals sent from the eyes and not the mechanical functioning of the eyes themselves. What painful neurological condition may, in part, be the cause of micropsia? More… Discuss

word: going-over


Definition: (noun) A severe scolding.
Synonyms: castigation, bawling out, chewing out, dressing down, upbraiding, earful
Usage: When he was caught chewing gum in class, he knew he would have to endure a going-over from the teacher. Discuss.